Trend Report: Fringe Is In

By: Sarah Beaumont

January 5, 2017

Image via Laura Kirar for McGuire


Fringe. Love it or hate it, it’s a trend that always reemerges in fashion and decor. Originally used for furniture as a way to keep textile trims from unraveling, fringe has itself to many a decor trend, from Victorian lampshades to hippy 60s curtains.

This year, we’re expecting to see the trend dancing from the edges of throw pillows, draping itself over lamps, weaving it’s way into upholstery, and even showing up in some unexpected places. From dainty, bell-like tassels to relaxed, boho leather threads, fringe is back and flowing as free as ever.


Curtain Tails

The tassel tieback has been a staple of fine drapery for centuries. And in many parts of the world, tassels are considered symbols of protection that ward off evil. But this traditional look also has a more relaxed, bohemian side. No matter which style you prefer, one thing is certain — the curtain’s not closing on the tassel trend anytime soon.

Fringe Fiesta

The American West meets 70’s rocker look is back, but this time it’s in the form of a pillow. Swaying leather fringe won’t only be found in fashion this year. It will also be hanging over the sides of lots of sofas. For a more subtle look, opt for colorful suede with delicate tassel corners.

Swingin’ Sofas

Bullion fringe is fresh again! This once over the top and old-fashioned look makes a great alternative to a skirted piece and an effortlessly updates the traditional silhouette of a sofa.

Furniture with Flow

Whether it’s a tassel skirt bordering the base of an ottoman or an armchair so embellished in leather threads, it makes you want to run away to the wild West, fringe brings movement and textural interest to everyday furniture items.

Faux Fringe

Fringing isn’t only for materials like thread, leather, and yarn anymore. On the left, a chandelier adorned with thin pieces of colored glass hangs lightly above a table while on the right, a mirror trimmed with dainty, metallic chains mimics the natural flow of fringe.

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via The Apartment, 1960’s Hans-Agne Jakobsson lighting fixture / Arteriors

Sultry and playful, these accent lights show how tassels can be adopted in a more modern setting. Because fringe can easily appear dated, incorporating it in unexpected places, like lighting, keeps the attitude fun, fresh and lively.

On the Fringe

Fringe has a tendency to look and feel heavy. Avoid that feeling by incorporating it in small doses through items like airy mobiles. Or find a new way to fringe and bring contemporary pieces like a fringe-trimmed mirror into the home, which doubles as modern boho art.

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